Family is such a relative term, for me at least because the definition is pretty clear cut as per the dictionary. I love my family, and I think I did an excellent job picking the nuts that I have around me. For me it is just not blood relation I have been lucky to have some amazing friends who are closer than family. Then of course there are also some that you make the mistake of including in your circle and turn out to be a total mistake. They say it is a lesson in learning, I eventually learned that last year with one such person in my life. But old news is stale news and this year is all about moving forward, it has been an interesting year so far. My mum who I refer to as Mother India keeps on telling me it has something to do with all the planets that are messing up their alignments. Well so far there have been many lessons learned as my very dear friend says I have come a long way in the last few months. I would seriously have gone bonkers if it wasn’t for people like her and cooking.
Earlier this year was one of the biggest shocks that I had received, one that I was never expecting but always fearing. They say the strength comes automatically to endure what challenges are sent your way from the universe. We will never be dealt a hand which we won’t be able to play. So I pulled up my pants and took the motto of “one day at a time” I have to say that last few months have been the most beautiful, enjoyable and spiritually enhancing. The cliché – sometimes things fall apart so that better things…yes that one the one that I use to frown upon. Well it proved to be too accurate, and a beautiful lesson was learned that all is materialistic the only thing matters is happiness and to be surrounded by people who love you and are happy for you.
Wait why did I start of on the family and life philosophy? Right the burger, this one seems to be a favorite one with all my family and friends. I made this one inspired by Carla Hall’s spicy chicken burger (Happy Hour Burger) – the recipe link here I did make a few changes based on my family preference mostly to the slaw as there is hardly anybody who eats blue cheese in my family other than myself. Apart from that the rest of it is pretty much the same, it might seem like the seasoning is not that much but the burger for some reason turns out to be a moist, soft patty that just melts in your mouth. I made this the first time I held a food photography workshop at my house so we can take pictures of something that looked decent. I was pretty amazed with the outcome and I have made it several times after and it has been the most consistent burger and that is saying alot coming out of my kitchen. The slaw is the important thing here, this is what makes it all come together, and the first time I made it I had no ranch at home so I had to steal a packet of Chick-fil-A from my niece’s meal. I also added some nuts to the slaw for a crunchy component you can avoid it, but highly recommended. Okay I will stop the ranting and type up the recipe now, as always leaving with a promise to post sooner than the last time.
Serving (4 normal size and 8 sliders)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 cup chopped onion (I used red for the flavor, you can use any you have at home)
- 2 tablespoon minced garlic
- 3 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon red chili flakes
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley (I used fresh, adjust if you use dry accordingly)
- 2 tablespoon of Frank’s hot sauce
- 1 pound ground chicken
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 Hawaiian sweet buns or 8 mini Hawaiian buns (sweeter rolls go best with this burger)
- 2 cups of celery chopped (I did my sideways in half-moon shape)
- 1/4 cup toasted walnuts (you can skip this part)
- 3 tablespoons ranch dressing (more if the slaw is too dry, but this is just supposed to coat the celery not drown it)
- 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
- 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheese (I used aged super sharp cheddar)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Spicy Mayo –
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sriracha (I like mine really spicy you can tone this down a little)
- 1 tablespoon of honey
Burger – Heat a pan add butter and oil to the pan, sauté the onions, 1 tbsp. garlic, 2 tsp dried thyme, chili flakes, and Frank’s hot sauce. Sweat the onions not brown to take the raw flavor out. Let the mixture cool.
In a separate bowl, mix in the rest of the garlic (1 tbsp.), parsley, 1 tsp dried thyme, cooled onion mixture. You can add more hot sauce here if you like to make it a bit spicier.
Slaw – Mix chopped celery, walnuts, parsley, and cheese. Add the dressing when closer to serving so it doesn’t make the slaw soggy, the crunch is important here. Sometimes I do add chopped jalapenos to the mix as you can see it in the image.
Spicy Mayo – Mix all the ingredients and let it rest
To assemble – Take a bun toast it with butter, slather it with the mayo topped with the burger and finished with the crunchy slaw. Eat up simple as it sounds this is one of the most delicious burger and famous in the house. I have some very tough critics.